Skype appears to beÂ down, or at the very least it is for a whole lot of users throughout Europe who are tweeting in a ton of different languages about their inability to connect. ManyÂ blame Microsoft, and even founderÂ Bill Gates for the downtime, which is sort of strange because theÂ multi-billion dollar acquisition of Skype hasnâ€™t even closed yet.
Anyway, letâ€™s pray that this isnâ€™t a repeat of theÂ Great Skype Outage of December 2010, when the apocalypseÂ appeared nigher than ever.
Funnily enough, a bug in the Microsoft Windows client wasÂ to blame for that one.If youâ€™re affected by the downtime, youâ€™d be well advised to monitorÂ Skype Heartbeat (although it claims things are all working normal at the time of publication) andÂ @Skype.
Iâ€™ll be one of those watching closely, because itâ€™s down for me too. Damn you, Microsoft!
Update: around 7 AM Eastern time, the Skype teamÂ tweeted that â€śa small numberâ€ť of users may be having trouble connecting indeed, and that itâ€™s investigating the cause.
Companies always say only a small subset of users experience problems when they occur.I have no clue why they insist on pointing that out like it makes a difference.
Update 2: and a HeartbeatÂ blog post for good measure, saying the same.
Update 3: Skype slowly crawling back up for me (7:40 AM Eastern time)
Update 4: Skype now says a configuration problem caused the glitch (8:15 AM Eastern time). The company adds that now that is has identified the cause of the problem, they have begun to address it. The client should reconnect automatically as soon as itâ€™s able to do so.
Update 5: Skype now says the situation is improving. Well good.
Update 6: Skype says: â€śTodayâ€™s problems have stabilised, and recovery is ongoing. Skype should return to normal soon.â€ť (12:20 PM Eastern Time).
Leandro de Almeida wrote 1134 Days Ago (neutral)0I noticed some difficulties using Skype with my mobile device these last days. I had to shut down the app and wait some time to come to a regular operation.0 points